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Presenter: Bruce E. Avery and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Columbia, MD

Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel
10207 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: 410-730-3900

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 4:30 pm

Assisting with Family Law Case Intake T. Mohink

   Assisting with initial client interview
   Preparing engagement letter, opening file
   Collecting information

 Preparing Pleadings and Assisting with Motion Practice W. Ferris

   Preparing initial pleadings
   Requesting temporary relief
   Preparing for the temporary orders hearing
   Preparing the temporary orders

Obtaining and Evaluating Financial Information E. Neuhausen

   Identifying relevant information on assets, debts, income and expenses
   Obtaining financial information
      • Using financial information questionnaires
      • Using interrogatories, requests for production, deposition testimony, private investigators
      • Valuing assets
   Evaluating the information you have obtained
   Working with accountants and financial experts
   Preparing financial statements

Preparing Marital Settlement Agreements T. Mummert

   Assisting with different types of agreements
      • Property agreements
      • Child-related agreements
      • Support agreements

Assisting with Alternative Dispute Resolution T. Mummert

   Assisting in family law mediation
   Understanding and assisting in divorce arbitration
   Assisting in the collaborative divorce process

Handling Ethical Issues in Family Law Practice B. Avery

   Complying with rules of professional responsibility and ethics guidelines for attorneys and paralegals
   Avoiding conflicts of interest
   Maintaining client confidentiality
   The difference between privilege and confidentiality
   Avoiding the unauthorized practice of law
   Working with the secretive or dishonest client
   Handling allegations of abuse or neglect
   Zealous (vs. over-zealous) representation
   Fee agreements, retainers, and collection of unpaid fees

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Paralegals/Legal Assistants

National Association of Legal Assistants
National Federation of Paralegal Associations

     6.5 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to all paralegals and offers 6.5 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour.

The National Association of Legal Assistants and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations have each approved this course for 6.5 CLE hours, including 1.0 Ethics hour, for certified paralegals.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Bruce E. Avery

Partner with Avery & Upton in Rockville, MD

Mr. Avery served in the Army for 20 years. Since 1993, after he retired from the Army, he has restricted his practice to family law, predominantly in Montgomery County, Maryland. First as a solo practitioner and now in partnership with his daughter, Prudence Upton. He has handled hundreds of divorce, child custody, child support, visitation and other family issues, most often bringing them to resolution without the need for a trial. Mr. Avery is frequently consulted by other counsel regarding military matters and has done presentations for a number of groups regarding military family law. He has been selected by SuperLawyers every year since 2008 and has been selected for listing in The Best Lawyers in America since 2017. Mr. Avery is a certified as a mediator in both general civil matters and family law, focusing on property and child-related issues. He serves as a facilitator for the Family Law Division of the Montgomery County Circuit Court. Mr. Avery is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where he co-teaches Collaborative Practice to law students. He is a trainer for the Collaborative Practice Training Institute training practicing professionals in Collaborative Practice. Mr. Avery is a member and past president of the Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals, Inc. (CDRP) and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, the DC Bar, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Bar Association of Montgomery County.

William Ferris

William M Ferris Attorney at Law

Mr. Ferris graduated with a juris doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, summa cum laude (highest honors), in 1978. He has also earned a master of laws degree (LL.M.) in Taxation from the University of the Baltimore Law School. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, and the Anne Arundel County Bar Association, and is certified as a proctor in admiralty by the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He is admitted to the bars of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces, the United States Tax Court, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Maryland Court of Appeals, and has appeared before all of those courts as well as before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, various Maryland Circuit and Orphans’ Court, the Maryland District Court, and the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Military Review. Mr. Ferris is a member of the Character Committee of the Maryland Court of Appeals, a past member of the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities, and a former member and past president of the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners.

Todd K. Mohink

Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA

Mr. Mohink is the owner of the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A., and has been practicing for 25 years. The firm has offices in Anne Arundel County and Howard County, Maryland. He represents clients in family law matters and criminal matters. The family law matters include divorce, child custody, child visitation, child support, paternity, adoption, pre-nuptial agreements, marital separation agreements, protective orders and other domestic relations matters. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland. Mr. Mohink has extensive experience in the area of family law. While in law school, he interned with the school’s civil clinic, where he assisted his clients with landlord/tenant matters, and other civil matters. He has argued in front of the appellate courts in the state of Maryland and is a member of the Family Law Section of the Maryland Bar Association. He is the proud recipient of Martindale-Hubbell’s silver Client Champion Award from 2017-2019, and has more than 100 Google Five Star Reviews. Mr. Mohink earned his B.A. degree from the University of Maryland, and earned his J.D. degree from University of Baltimore School of Law with Honors.

Timothy J. Mummert

Mummert Law

Mr. Mummert graduated cum laude from Frostburg State University with a B.S. degree in Political Science and Justice Studies and received a J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, After law school he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Michael E. Loney at the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County. Timothy J. Mummert, P.A., was founded in February, 2006. Mr. Mummert is admitted to practice in Maryland and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. He has completed training for civil and family law mediation, domestic collaborative law and civil collaborative law, and is a Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County mediator in all issues of family law.

Emily Neuhausen

Shulman Rogers

Ms. Neuhausen is a zealous advocate for clients involved in negotiation and litigation centering on their families. An associate with the firm’s Family Law practice group, her practice focuses on domestic relations matters, including divorce, custody, visitation, child support, alimony, property distribution, LGBT family issues, adoptions, and assisted reproductive technology issues. Ms. Neuhausen has a broad background in dealing with a variety of family law issues. Some of her memorable cases involve assisting clients with international, domestic, step-parent, second-parent, and foster-parent adoptions in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia. Ms. Neuhausen also represents clients in negotiating surrogacy, sperm donor, and egg donor contracts. She is adept at guiding LGBT clients through the process of building their families, and also has familiarity with issues that can unfortunately arise when things don’t work out.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.